Shapwick, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands under Polden Hill, with a station on the Somerset and Dorset railway, 136 miles from London, and 5½ W by S of Glastonbury. It has a post and money order office under Bridgwater; telegraph office at railway station. Acreage of the civil parish, 3567; population, 352; of the ecclesiastical, 1008, There is a parish council consisting of five members. The living is a vicarage, united with Ashcott, in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £280 with residence. The church is a stone building of 13th century date in the Early English style.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Shapwick St. Mary|
|Poor Law union||Bridgwater|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Shapwick from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Shapwick (St. Mary))
Online maps of Shapwick are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:
- Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette
- Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser
- Western Gazette
- Wells Journal
- Somerset County Gazette
The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.